Album Reviews

Trivium - The Sin and The Sentence

Review: Trivium – The Sin and The Sentence

Despite having a difficult few years with frequently changing personnel and what some may call an ever evolving sound that has garnered mixed reviews, influential Florida based metalcore outfit Trivium return with their 8th studio album, The Sin and the Sentence. The album starts with the title track and lead single, ‘The Sin and the Sentence’ which is one of the ...

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The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers

Review: The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers

The Black Dahlia Murder have long been one of heavy metal’s underappreciated gems. For over fifteen years they have consistently released album after album of punishing and yet melodic death metal that has rarely veered away from being fantastic. Yet, they never quite seem to get the credit they deserve. They are almost too good, and because of that, there’s ...

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The Winery Dogs – Dog Years

The Winery Dogs – Dog Years: Live in Santiago & Beyond in 2013 – 2016

The Winery Dogs, a band I knew nothing of around two years ago, but with some members I was all too familiar. Two legendary musicians and one that for me, was slightly lesser known, a drummer that has been in just about every band worth being in. Mike Portnoy, arguably one of the greatest bassists to ever live and that has ...

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Sarke – Viige Urh

Review: Sarke – Viige Urh

The Norwegian black metal outfit Sarke has grown into a musical force to be reckoned with and spawned a sound and an identity that they can rightfully claim as their own. While the first couple of releases were a bit so-so, the previous album, Bogefod, was incredibly well-written and cleverly arranged, which is to say that it was anything but ...

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Poseidon – Prologue

Poseidon; Proper noun, Greek mythology, the God of the sea, water, earthquakes, and horses, son of Cronus and Rhea and brother of Zeus. He is often depicted with a trident in hand. Any band willing to take on a name with that describes such a thing really needs to be something huge and special. Thankfully, these guys are. Their debut ...

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Review: Wren – Auburn Rule

London outfit Wren have finally released upon the Earth their debut full length release ‘Auburn Rule’. At just five tracks long, the post-metal/sludge band have followed up on their explosive EP ‘Host’ from last year and those before with the same attitude and dark styling that has created the forever growing buzz around them. Auburn Rule plays through with a ...

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Abhorrent Decimation – The Pardoner

Make no mistake, The Pardoner is nothing of an apology, and they have little to apologize for. The links between metal and classical music have often been made and proved to go hand in hand over and over, Abhorrent Decimation have found those two links and seemingly blended them together to create something of intricate beauty. Passages blend and flow ...

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Janet Gardner

Review: Janet Gardner of Vixen delivers her first solo offering.

In the late 1980s, Vixen were one of the few bands that looked like women who actually were women. They achieved some success during that hair-metal era, and a couple of their singalong tunes got them some airplay. Having Richard Marx as a producer and a co-writer helped them, too. By the time of their second coming, a decade later, they’d adopted ...

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Review: The Haxans – Party Monsters

The best part about Autumn, other than pumpkin spice lattes, is arguably Halloween. Especially for the rock community who relish in everything ghoulish. The Haxans also seem to love Halloween as their new album Party Monsters is so seasonal in almost smells of carved pumpkins singed by candles. The artwork even features retro Halloween masks you would get in discount ...

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Lunatic Soul - Fractured

Review: Lunatic Soul – Fractured

Lunatic Soul is the band Mariusz Duda plays in when not engaged in his day job, bassist, singer and main composer with the mighty Riverside. Fractured is the follow-up to 2014’s Walking on a Flashlight Beam. The new release has been described by Mariusz Duda himself as an “album of catharsis” after an extremely challenging year, which saw him lose bandmate ...

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